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and 8:00 in the evening in beijing where president obama has ended his first day on chinese soil. tuesday will see a meeting with president who jintao. in his pronouncements so far we have a clue of president obama's approach. the two countries, he says, are -- are not destined to be adversaries. but in a question and answer session with young people in shanghai he did not duck the issue of individual rights and freedoms, saying they are universal. >> in china, this is not the kind of policy they are used to. the president prepared to discuss and debate with students live on tv. >> it is a great honor -- >> he started with an assurance that the u.s. wanted to work with china. >> we did not seek to impose any system of government on any other nation. but w also don't believe that the principles thate stand for are unique to our nation's. more is to be gained one great powers cooperate and when they collide. please. >> but the questions, when they came, were pretty gentle. he responded with cautious, careful replies. sidestepping an opportunity to speak out strongly on china's huma
that president obama has to make, it could define his presidency. >> well, the president's decision just got a lot tougher. in a leak memo to the white house, his ambassador urged against sending more troops. that advice runs counter to the wishes of the top general in afghanistan. >>the president's dilemma has just deepened, after 22 wars of war council the choice is still tough to spend a 1 billion dollars on each troops sent. and this could mean afghanistan could be sent deeper in terrorism. at the last meeting the president said that the meeting was not open-ended, it leaves the top two men in the country at lagger heads. general chrystal wants more troops but his time is running out. and h7!ekarl eikenberry sent a message not to send in unless they clean up their act. >> i think that the corruption issue goes to the heart whether the people of afghanistan feels the government is on their side, working for them. >> the president's administration is still divided, and mcchrystal and robert gates and hillary clinton, skeptical that this will work. the president has not come down on one sid
controversial prison at guantanamo bay, cuba, two months away, will not be met. president obama has confirmed the commitment that he made so publicly came to office will not be fulfilled in time. jonathan beall is at guantanamo bay. >> the reason for the delay is still filtering through. we do not know if the detainees have been informed, but the military commanders are aware. it does not come as a huge surprise because they know that president obama wanted to close it. they know there has been a huge obstacle in the way, the biggest one, where the put the detainees instead? there are still 200. where will they go, where will they be tried? these questions are still to be resolved. it is interesting to note there has been, we are told, an improvement in the mood, that there are less attacks on guards and that 70% of detainees are allowed to live communally for 20 hours per day. that is in part because they know that it is closure of the camp, they know the decision will be made about the future. we're still in the dark as to what will happen to the detainees. five will be transferred. it will
the first state visit in the obama era. they protest against the evacuating settlements in the west bank. a cadre of the faithful. the 2.5 million muslims pray the threat from swine flu and descend on the holy city. >> it is 7:00 a.m. in washington, a midday in london, where the long-awaited inquiry into the iraq war has begun. former prime minister tony blair's decision to support the invasion of iraq in 2003 was highly divisive at the time, and continues to generate controversy. the central accusation is that the british government misled the public about the threat waged by saddam as sayihussein. >> the iraq inquiry was set up to identify the lessons that should be learned from the u.k. involvement in iraq to help future governments that may face similar situations. to do this, we need to establish what happened. we are pieces in this together from the evidence we are collected from documents, were from those who have firsthand experience. we will need to evaluate what went well and what did not and why. my colleagues and i come to this task with open minds. we are apolitical. we are
for you? >> and now "bbc world news." >> barack obama says the u.s. and china can cooperate, but he delivers an uncomfortable message, too, about free speech. on patrol with the police in mexico as the drug a situation has its deadliest days. and we may need to triple aid to our culture. welcome to "bbc world news." coming up later for you -- [banjo plays] on the road again, this time to deliver her memoirs. but there -- but is there more to just -- to this than just plugging a book? and at an exhibit with an important message. ♪ president obama's visit to china is arguably his most significant official trip yet. a day into it, he has stressed again that the u.s. and china and need not be adversaries, that the world would benefit from their cooperation. and in a town hall style event live on tv, he told chinese students that free-speech is a universal right. when he died with china's president -- president -- when he dined with china's president, his message was more diplomatic. >> he is here to say welcome to the rise of a new power in the east, barack obama wants china as a part
away and it will not be met. president obama said that the commitment that he made cannot be fulfilled in time. >> it was one of the obama administration's earlier promises, close the prison that they called gtmo by his first term in office -- by his first year in office. 10 inmates are being brought to trial,ive of them in new york. the president was asked if he understood why some americans found this offensive. >> i don't think it is offensive at all when he is convicted and when the death penalty is applied. what i am clear about is that i have complete confidence in the american people and our legal traditions. >> there are still 215 people being held in guantanamo bay. some have been cleared of wrongdoing but no countries have been forthcoming in taking them. some of them will be tried at a federal court in manhattan including 9/11 mastermind khalid sheikh mohammed. detainees could end up being sent to a prison in rural illinois. thedministration's top lawyer went to capitol hill to brush aside questions. >> did khalid sheikh mohammed make the same statement in his military proce
world news." >> barack obama says the u.s. and chinacan cooperate, b he delivers an uncomfortae mesge, too, aut free speech. on patrol with the police in mexicos the drug a siation has s deadliest days. anwe may need t triple aid to our culture. welcomeo "bbc world news." coming up later for you -- anjo plays] on the road againthis time to deliver her memoi. but there -- but is ther more to jt -- to this than just plugging a book? and at an exhibitwith an important message. ♪ presidentbama's visit to china is arguab his most siificant officia trip yet. a day into it, he has stresd again thatthe u.s. and chi and need not be adversarie that the wod would benefit from their cooperation. and in a town hall styl event live o tv, he told chinese students thatree-speech is a universal right. when he died with china' president -- president --hen he dined wit china's president, his ssage was moreiplomatic. >> he is here to say lcome to the rise of a new power in the eat, barack oba wantshina as a partner, t our arrival. -- not a rival. today, took a message to china, something tt china -- h
." >> barack obama says the u.s. and china can cooperate, delivering an important message about free speech. the drugs were brings one of the deadliest days in mexico. a warning from the un to feed the growing world population, we may need to triple aid for agriculture. welcome to bbc world news. coming up later -- on the road again, this time to promote memoirs, sarah palin dishes the dared, but is there more than just plugging a book? an unusual exhibit with an important message. >> president obama's visit to china is arguably the most significant trip yet. he stressed the u.s. and china need not be adversaries, that the world would benefit from cooperation. live on tv and online, he has told chinese students that free speech is a universal right. from beijing -- >> he is here to say america out welcomes the rise of a new power in the east. barack obama once china as a partner, not a rival. today, he took his message direct to china's people, something it china's leaders never do. a public forum with students in shanghai. the white house wanted it is shown live on tv nationwide,. >> we do
was to stay away from that end of the spectrum. >> president obama calls india and indefensible allied. he welcomes its prime minister to the white house. >> a state of emergency and the philippines after the massacre of 46 politicians and the journalists. welcome to." broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. coming up later, a new power struggle. a south african townships a legal fight for the right to affordable energy. and the royal return, queen elizabeth visits of bermuda, britain's oldest colony to commemorate 400 years of british settlement. >> there is one constant between the queen and prince and that is bermuda's most famous article of clothing. bermuda shorts. ♪ >> hello to you here in london. the long-awaited inquiry into the iraq war is underway. in the first day of evidence, some influential figures in the american government emerged. talking about saddam hussein two years before the invasion. british officials consider the option in a secret document of a man in a surge of the hearings that he will try to provide definitive answers on why the war started. here's t
with me are most welcome. >> a test of the national mood and obama's influence a year on. democrats face the voters in virginia and new jersey. bosnian-serb leader carriage says he will appear at his trial for the first time. and it is back to about it as the venezuelan capital struggles to cope with what her rationing. it is 7:00 a.m. in washington, midday in london and 4:30 p.m. in the afternoon and afghan capital kabul where president karzai nearly confirmed for another term promise to change its ways. in his first public statement since the second round of voting was canceled mr. karzai pledged to root out the corruption that did so much to undermine his presidency so far, something president obama is said to have demanded as he decides whether to send extra troops to afghanistan there mr. karzai also said he will welcome all of those who wants to work with him in a new government. it is not clear whether that is the government of national unity that some are calling for. >> political paralysis over -- at last time karzai supporters can celebrate his reelection. but the new president
." >> president obama will go to the climate changed conference in copenhagen with a promise to cut greenhouse gas emissions. israel proposes temporary restrictions on expanding settlements but they don't apply to east jerusalem. the iraq inyearry days before the invasion, now intelligence raises doubts about saddam hussein's program. >> welcome to viewers around the globe. coming up later for you, the recession winners. meet the workers retraining for the new job market. >> my husband and i decided to look at it like this is an opportunity. when in your life do you get to really choose what career past you are following? >> and standing up to the godfather. the island of sicily launches anti-mafia package holidays. >> hello. he will go briefly to the copenhagen climate summit, and today president obama announced the commitments on greenhouse gases he will take with him. he palace pledged to cut carbon emissions by 17% by "20/20." it reverses the policy of the bush administration, and in the current state of american politics, it is risky. it is enough when world leaders meet next month? ad brooks
." >> more american influence in asia as president obama begins his first tour of the continent as the u.s. leader with talks in japan. the militants to attack -- strikes again, after a bombing in pakistan. the british prime minister talk about what america the allies could provide. and the beautiful game turned ugly. bond era it is that the stone- throwing crowd as they meet egypt for a key world cup qualifier. it is 7:00 in washington. barack obama is beginning his push for a bigger american role in asia and in japan, coming to the end of a busy day on his first asian tour as u.s. president. he has been holding talks with the japanese prime minister, trying to smooth ties between the two longtime allies. from tokyo, here is our correspondent. >> president obama arrived in japan still a dependable friend of the u.s. but more assertive than before. this is only the second time in half a century that an american president has had to deal with a prime -- japanese prime minister not from the liberal party. once a different relationship, -- yukio hatoyama once an equal relationship. >> there
being held. it is also where the five were being tried by a military court. the obama administration rejected to the way some evidence was obtained. the president spoke out against torture and says a federal trial will be fair. >> khalid sheikh mohammed will be subject to the most exacting demands of justice. the american people insist on it and my administration insists on it. >> it makes little sense to these people. they listen to khalid sheikh mohammed in this military court room as he boasted for being behind the attack of 9/11. they lost their son christopher, a firefighter, in the twin towers. they are angry about the decision. >> he is very dangerous. i do not want them near my grandchildren or near anybody's children. >> president obama is transferring detainee's will bring an end to guantanamo but there is still strong opposition against bringing terrorist suspects to the u.s. mainland. >> there was always going to be a bitter clash between the football rivals, but the governing body has written guarantees about the safety of the algerian team. they say four members of thei
president obama. the man in charge of britain's iraq war inquiry promises a full account. more than a dozen missing after sunday's disaster in indonesia. officials say the vessel was overloaded. >> it is 7:00 a.m. in washington, midday in london, and 11:00 p.m. in the australian capital, where the prime minister has been speaking to the bbc about next month's climate change summit. it is billed as a make or break even the leaders of india, china, and america have not bought their ticket yet. without them, what is possible? >> we're working toward a copenhagen agreement. this is a tough process. forging an agreement across so many different countries is a difficult process. having discussed this atlanta with the prime minister of denmark, the president of the united states, and some discussions with the chinese president, we have the capacity to lead an agreement at copenhagen. one which deals with the corps policy challenges for the future. namely, what temperature increase are we prepared to sustain in the future? what targets do we need from the major developed economies around the world?
is one of the toughest cisions that president obama has to ma, it could definehis presidency. >> well, the prident's dision just got a lot tougher. in a leak memo to the white hous his bassador urged against sendi mo troops. that advice runscountetothe wish of the op general afghanistan. >> the president's dilea has just deeped, afte22 wa of war council t choice is stil tou to pend a 1 billn dollars on each troops nt. anthis could mean afghanistan could be st deeper in terrorism. at the last eting the president sa that the meeting was not en-ended, it leaves the top two mein the cotry at lagger hes. general mcchystal wants more troops but his time is running out. and h7!ekarl eikenberryent a messag not to send in unless ey clean up their act. >> i think that the corruption ise goes the hrt whether the people ofafghanistan fes the gornment is on thr side,working for them. >> te president's administration is still divided, and mcchryst and robert gates and hillary clinton, skeptical that this wilwork. the preside has noome down on oneside or the her. >>it's an exlusive dilemma fothe pr
to fall. >> president obama and the south korean president have urged north korea to return to international nuclear negotiations, and return for substantial economic aid. following talks in the south korean capital, mr. obama says the u.s. was ready to support the north if it ended its nuclear weapons program. >> music to a visiting presidents years. after the foreign policy challenges elsewhere on this tour of asia, south korea, the final stop, offered mr. obama a warm welcome and an easy ride. the message was clear. two longstanding allies united against a north korean nuclear threat. ith both leaders expressing restoration that years of disarmament talks have so far come to nothing. >> the thing i want to emphasize is that president lee and i both agreed on the need to break the pattern thahas existed in the past. in which north korea the haines and a provocative fashion -- behaves in a provocative fashion, is than willing to return to talks, and then leaves the talks seeking further concessions and there is never actually any progressn the core issues. >> can this isola
. >> the u.s. government is so heavily in debt to china, some have seen president obama's trip to china as going to see his banker. they spent two hours together to agree to cooperate on the climate change, economic problems, and nuclear proliferation. no breakthroughs. >> side-by-side, america's president and china's. a superpower and its rising rival. ♪ they are increasingly block instead, their economies in twined. they said the challenges can only be tackled if they work together. these two nations, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases agreed to push for climate change in copenhagen next month. >> much still separates them, too. president obama is easy with a free press, but china is not. no questions were allowed. >> our aim in the copenhagen is not a political declaration but rather an accord that covers all of the issues in the negotiations and has immediate of fax. >> he then raised the sensitive subject of >>tibet. the chinese president hinted at chinese irritation that america is trying to protect its markets. >> i stressed to president obama that our two countrie
of warlords. >> bounce back -- republican celebrate election victories. they say it is a vote against obama's liberal agenda. a rally on the 30th anniversary of the u.s. embassy siege in tehran but there are clashes with opponents of t regime. a new diplomatic front -- burma's military welcomes american officials and brings aung san suu kyi into the public eye. it is 7:00 a.m. in washington, midday in london and 430 p m in the afternoon in the afghanistan province where british forces suffered the deadliest day since combat operations began -- 4:30 p.m. in the afternoon in the afghanistan province. five soldiers shot dead by an afghan policeman. that's tragic news comes on a day former british minister published a criticism of britain's role in afghanistan and one down to play into the wider debate about the afghan project. >> the injured being helped in the aftermath. now entering the afghan police is a key role for british troops, along side of our other operations. the troops caught up in the attack were living side-by-side with their trainees at the checkpoint. an area where the taliban
be a nazi germany's last major war crimes trial. >> if anyone cannot i am at that time. >> president obama announces hi strategy for afghanistan. britain confirmed it is sending 500 more troops. of low for global investors. -- a blow for global investors concerning the debts of dubai world. very warm welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast for our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. coming up later for you -- in portugal, it looks that it will be likely to allow same-sex marriages. and crumbling man is grabs -- manuscripts left behind in timbuktu. hello to you. six decades after the second world war, what could be the last major nazi war crimes trial has started in munich. john demjanjuk was born in ukraine and is now 89 years old. he's accused of helping lead thousands of people in to the gas chambers in poland. his family and then say he is too frail to face justice. our correspondent is in court. >> he is accused of mass murder, but he could not even walk into the courtroom. 89-year-old john demjanjuk went to trial today, as photographers crowded aroun
. president obama and hu jintao agreed together are several world problems. they appear to be in harmony on everything from climate change to economic recovery. oth issues covere by the two include climate change and human rights. >>two leaders, one superpower, and the other superpower in the making. when these twocountries come together the world listens. and they are the most energy- ngry countries in the oil into that a climate change d is still possible. >> we agreed to expand our cooperation on climate change, energy, and the environment, and decided to act on the basis of common bit different responsibilities and consistent with our different capabilities to work with other parties concerned toelp produce positive outcomes from the copenhagen conference. >> china has become america's banker. they spent billions of dollars in u.s. govement bonds. thanks for the help, said president obama. >> the u.s. welcomes china's efforts in playing a greater role on the world's stage, a role in which a growing economy is joined by growing responsibilities. so far china's partnership has proved c
was 400,000 lessthan at the start of the decade. mr obama has sd he would aounce afterecoming thanksging weekend wheth he will send extra troopso afghanist. he has been cnsidering a request from e leader of inteational fors to add 0,000 more troops. >> after eightears, somof those years in which we did not ha the resources or the strategy to get the jo done, it is my intention to finish the job. >> and honoring india at the rst state reception of his presidency. resident obama took the stage athe white hoe with the vising indna prime minister. they agreed to strengthen cooperation are ran of issues. but how much does india matter to the united states? her's our special correspoent in washington. >> india's leadersre still assessing their iortance to prsidentbama, and there is sense of nostalgia for the last president, george w.bush, who ended a decades-long ban on nuear trade. today there is scrutiny of the langue used and body language. india has been split -- praised as indispensable today welcing ceremonies were intended to speak to the time and money being lavisd on china and pakista
conclude that operations against rebels in condo have failed. a defining partnership with india, obama looks to events since his inauguration. two million pilgrims converged in mecca. the campaign to get tourists in sicily to spend the money in crime-free places. it is 7:00 a.m. in washington. the democratic republic of congo -- the most united nations peacekeeping operations have failed to deal with the ongoing crisis. an internal report leaks to the bbc that a major operation supported by the un has not only failed to ask the group, but has made the crisis far worse. peter has just returned from the region. >> the eastern democratic republic of congo is not supposed to look like this anymore. earlier this year the military with the backing of peacekeepers from the un had an offensive to crush rebels and calmed the region. instead eight agencies say tt it has led to more miserable camps, more rape and suffering than ever before. >> we have nothing left says one former. when there is gunfire you do not have time to take your belongings. >> now according to an internal u.n. report the m
that were shot. hasan is accused of the attack. president obama offered personal tributes for the way the victims lived and a service to their country. ♪ >> let's cross to washington, our special correspondent has more. >> before president obama spoke, the army chief of staff said that this of violence was unimaginable. he said it was a kick in the gut for america's armed forces. president obama's tribute was short and simple. this was not the place to look at the motivation of the shooting. he chose to characterize the spasm of violence. >> it might be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy but this much we do now -- no fath justifies these murderous and craven acts, no just got looks upon them with favor. we know that the killer will be met with justice in this world and the next. -- no faith justifies these murderous and craven axed. >> the fbi has its own internal inquiries into the warning signs that could have led to action on the suspect. condemning wars that seemed to him to focus on fellow muslims. the e-mail that he sent to a radical in yemen. there
are being held now. guantanamo bay in cuba. president obama has promised to close down the notorious prison. some of the families of those who died think this is justice at last, not mr. and mrs. santora whose son was a firefighter, he died in the twin towers. they say the accused should never set foot in america. >> we need to be protected from them. these are very dangerous -- i think diabolic individuals. i don't want them near my grandchildren. i don't want them near anybody's children. i don't want them on our soil. >> in new york, some worry about the sort of security that will surround such a sensational trial. many welcome the news. >> better that it's in new york where he'll get a fair jury of new yorkers following both the 1993 bombing and the 2001 event. i hope he gets a fair trial. >> they should be here. they should be in new york where the event occurred and allow the citizens of new york to witness firsthand the administration of justice. >> this is a very political decision. before being sent to guantanamo, mohammed was water boarded, some would say tortured, 183 times. evid
branch to is taliban brothers. in an early test of president barack obama's political pull, two states are choosing whether to stay blue, a democrat, that is. elsewhere, they are selecting congressman. our correspondent is in washington. >> the two big raids to what are in virginia and new jersey, where people are choosing their governors. there are face-off around the country. we are joined by the senior editor of politico.com. this is a referendum on barack obama's popularity, as some say. republicans are feeling optimistic. >> republicans are trying to point to specific areas of the country where barack obama did very well in 2008 and say, we will win here. there are a couple of governorships out there, a prominent cgressional race, these are areas where barack obama did very well. if republicans take the vote, they can say this is a repudiation of the president's policies. >> it is partly because of economic things coming into play. unemployment, people are still worried about when the economy will bounce back. >> we have an interesting dynamic. president obama was personally more
by first-round fraud has been abandoned but leaves a mess of questions unanswered. president obama has spoken to president karzai isaiah about corruption and about writing a new cheapter. the latest from washington in a moment. first this from kabul. >> it's cost millions of pounds and dozens of lives to get to this moment and it came in a small, packed room on the outskirts of kabul. >> we declare that mr. hamid karzai, which got the majority of votes in the first round and he is the only candidate for the second round of elections for afghanistan in 2009, be declared the elected president of afghanistan. >> the heads of the election board was besieged with questions about fraud, corruption, and how a man who won less than half the vote could be president again. >> are you not embarrassed by the way this is being conducted? >> why? >> because you've been forced to withdraw a second round. >> that was our duty. the constitution [inaudible]. >> world leaders have rushed to congratulate hamid karzai. but he emerges weaker than ever. in charge of a country more divided and dangerous than
for you? >> and now "bbc world news." >> president obama will go to the climate change conference in copenhagen with a promise to cut greenhouse gas emissions. israel proposed temporary restrictions on expanding jewish settlements, but they did not apply to east jerusalem. iraq inquiry days before the invasion. new intelligence raises doubts about saddam hussein's weapons program. very warm welcome to "bbc world news", broadcast our viewers on pbs in america and also on the globe. coming up later for you, recession and is meet the workers free training for the new job market. >> my husband and i decided to look at it like this is an opportunity. when in your life do you get to really choose what career path you are following? >> and standing up to the godfather. the island of sicily launch as anti-mafia package holidays. hello to you. he will go briefly to the copenhagen climate summit, and today, president obama announced the commitments on greenhouse gases he will take with them. he has pledged to cut american carbon emissions by about 17% by 2020. it reverses the policy of the
brothers. in a very early test of president barack obama's political poll, two u.s. state are choosing to stay in blue, democrats that is. for more on that, we go to our special correspondent who is in washington. >> with two big races to watch tonight, virginia and new jersey where voters are choosing their governors. i am joined by a senior editor of politico.com. this is a referendum of barack obama's popularity. >> and that is right. republicans are trying to point to specific areas of the country where barack obama did very well in 2008. there are a couple of governorships out there. these are all areas where barack obama did very well. if republicans take the vote, they could say this is a repudiation of the president's policy. >> unemployment is still up and people are still worried about when the economy is going to come back. >> president obama is -- has personally always been more popular than his policies. he is very well liked domestically just like he is abroad, but when you get down to his policies, he is not quite as popular. >> what kind of republican party is it? we se
a few months ago. >> one year into his presidency, the honeymoon appears to be over for barack obama. the republican party has claimed victories in the states of new jersey and virginia. republicans are talking about a comeback could double this change the shape of the -- republicans are talking about a comeback. could this change the shape of politics? how important is this for barack obama and the democrats? >> the republicans are saying that this is a slap against the government in washington. critics say that this was about local issues. this was not about barack obama and his style of government. i think that the democrats and mr. obama have to be worried about some things that we learned in the exit polls. a lot of independent voters who helped propel barack obama went to the right. when they came out of the polling stations, they cited the massive growth in government spending, the deficit, the economy. they are going towards the conservative vote. also, a lot of young voters that came out in strength in 2008 were simply not there when you look at virginia and new jersey. >> t
. guantanamo b incuba. president obama hasromised to close down the notorious prison. some of the famies of tse who died think this is justi at last, not mr. and mrs. santora whose son was a firefighter, hdied in the twi towers. they say the aused should never set footn america. >> we need to b protected from th. these are very dangerous -- i thi dbolic individuals. i don't want them near my grandchildn. i don'tanthem near anybody's ildren. ion't want them on our il. >> in new york, some worry about the sort ofsecurity that will surrnd such a sensational rial. many welcome the nws. >> btter that it's in new rk where 'll get afair jury of new yorkers followingoth the 1993 bombing and the 2001 event. i hpe he gs a fair trial. >> theshould be he. they suld be in new york wre the event occurred and allow the citizens of new york twitness firsthan the administratn of juste. >> thiss a very politil decision. before bein sent to gutanamo, mohammed was water boarded, some would say ttured, 183 times. evidence obined that way could ve been allowed bere a mitary tribunal under the bush admintration. ts i
obama is saying he will decide in the coming days whether to attend next month's climate change summit in copenhagen, and he says the u.s. will propose a target for emissions at that meeting. one key player that will definitely be there now believes the political framework for the deal is possible. australia's prime minister kevin rudd spoke to the bbc. >> ahead of the copenhagen summit, australia's prime minister has been asked to be a friend of the chair. that is to say he will be a key negotiator. he is also the leader of the world's leading exporter of coal. he was to be a part of the solution, but his country is a major part of the problem. >> nastia. >> he knows a legally-binding treaty will not be made in copenhagen, but he is hoping for a political agreement. >> there is an enormous and political obligation for this generation of world leaders. the pressure has mounted. i said before we are capable of delivering an agreement. it does not mean it is inevitable we will get there. we are capable of it. i believe there is a strong and high degree of political results, in many of th
for president january 24, it is a serious problem for mr. obama's peace process, isn't it? >> yes, it is a very big blow to the american efforts. now, when president obama came to office, the palestinians were very hopeful that he might be able to bring them independence, but mr. obama failed to bring about a freeze on the construction of jewish settlements, and maybe mr. abbas is thinking now that if is he not -- if mr. obama is not able to achieve that, will he be able to persuade israel to make the painful concessions needed for peace? so i think this is a really strong signal to the americans that making peace with mr. abbas may be difficult, but without him, it will be very much harder >> bethany, many thanks for that. let's move you around the globe more briefly. the u.n.'s yugoslav war crimes court has appointed a lawyer to represent a former bosnian serb leader who has insisted on representing himself but so far has mostly failed to appear complaining that he has too little time to prepare. the next court date is march 1st tsvangirai has bought off the unity government for three weeks,
obama has phoned him and warned him that corruption must be tackled. the latest from washington in just a moment. first the bbc's ian panel from kabul. >> it's cost millions of pounds and dozens of lives to get to this moment. and it came in a small, packed room on the outskirts of call bull. >> we declare that mr. hamid karzai has gotten the majority of votes i the first round and he is the only candidate for the second round of elections of afghanistan in 2009, be declared as elected president of afghanistan. >> the head of the election board was -- with questions about fraud, corruptions and how a man who won less than half the votes could be president again. >> are you not embarrassed by the way this process has been conducted? >> embarrassed? yes? >> because you've been forced to withdraw a second round. >> that was a duty. the constituency -- >> world leaders have rushed to congratulate hamid karzai, but he emerges weaker than ever, in charge of a coury more divided and dangerous than at any point in the last eight years. >> the country was not really, and i want to say that pleas
. -- >> that was steve rosenberg watching the court case in munich. >> president obama expected to announce tens of thousands of more u.s. troops in an increasingly unpopular war. mr. obama is also seeking thousands of troops from nato allies. britain is getting closer to confirming an increase in troop levels. the defense secretary says the military now has enough equipment to send a further 500 british troops to afghanistan. >> we have been doing a lot of work over the last few months to try to make sure t conditions set by the prime minister have been met and satisfied, that they have been met with the ratios and equipment that people need for the levels of treatment we have in afghanistan -- they have improved over the last few months and quite considerably, in terms of helicopters and protected vehicles as well. certainly the first condition imposed has been met. >> britain's defense secretary. this is "world news today." coming up, is this an end to political turmoil? a new man wins the presidential election in honduras. and what really happened in florida, and mystery deepens about a car
an army psychiatrist is accused of an attack that left 13 dead and 29 wounded. president obama part offered personal tributes to the victims lives in the service they give their country. >> soldiers wounded in shooting made the difficult way down to the ceremony. 38 were wounded here five days ago. 13 people were killed, remembered by their boots, their guns, their helmets, and a photograph. then, the president, commander in chief in charge of the united states military, americans look to to strike the right notes in tragedy. >> we need not look to the past greatness because it is before our very eyes. >> said it was a trying time, a time of war, but not one where the military victory would be marked by cigarettes are made. >> and what the threats that know no borders, their legacy will be marked in the safety of our cities and towns, and security and opportunity abroad. >> he said it was hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy. >> no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts. no just and loving god looks upon them with favor. for what he has done, we kno
editor of politi.com this is referendum on barack obama's popularity, as some y. republicansre feeling optimistic. >> republicans are tying to point to specific areas ofhe country where barack oba dd very well in 2008and say, we will win here. there are a coupl of governorshi out there, a ominent congressional race, the are areas where barack obama did very well. if republicans take the vote, ey can say this is a repudiationf the president's policies. >> it is partlyecause of economic things coming into play. unemployment, pele are still worried abouthen the economy will bounceack. >>we have an interesting dynamic. president obama was persolly more popular an hisolicies. he isell-liked domestical like he is abroad. when he starts gettingnto his econic policies, health care prosals, he is nothat is popular, less tha50%. that is really what -- [no audio] >> what kind ofepublican party it? the republicans themsels e some ofplit. >> that is righ e have rift between the conservative elements of the republican party and e more moderate folks they're gng at each other. the is one cgressional
as detaineesrandished a tree branches and broomstks. presidt obama isaying he will decide in the comi dys whethero attend nex month's climate change summit in copenhagen. it has emerged the u.s. will propose target for.s. emissions in that mting. one key pyer who will denitely be therhas bn telling us he believ the political famework deal is possible. austraa's prime minister is speaking tour bbc correspondents. >> the -- ahead of the copenhagen summit,ustralia's ime minister has ben asked to friend of the cha." tht is to say hes to play a ey negotiating role. he is also the prime minister one of the leading exporte of coal. he wants to be part of the solution, bt his count is a jor part of the problem. kevin rudd knows that legally- binding treaty will not mted at copenhagen, ut he is hoping for a political agreement. >> there is an ormous mor a political obligation o this generation of world lders. the presre has moted. i said before we were capable of deliveringn agreement. it does not an it is nevitable we will get ther we are capable o it. i believe ther is strong degree of political result i
on behalf of president obama and the united states of america. >> and the u.s. was represented by secretary of state hillary clinton who, after our own speech, a introduced a video message. let me introduce a message from president barack obama. >> today and there are still those who live within the walls of tehrani, human beings deny the very human rights we celebrate today. that is why this day is for them as much as it is for us. it is for those who believe even in the face of cynicism and doubt and oppression, that walls controlling come down. >> for german chancellor angela merkel there were personal memories, as an east german she was one of those who crossed the new border in november of 1989. >> for may, it was one of the most joyful days of my life. and ladies and gentlemen, it was a pivotal time of change, something we know today. that brought closer together in germany, europe, and indeed the whole world. >> then along a stretch where the wall once stood, and line of dominoes symbolized how that barrier had crumbled. former polish solidarity leader had been chosen to set off a fa
, whe an army psychiatrt is accused of attack that left 13 dead and 29 wounded. president obama part offered personal tributes to the victsives in the service they give their couny. >> soldiers wounded in shooting ma the difficult way down to the ceremony. 38 were wounded here five days ago. 13 people werekilled, remember by their boots, tir guns, their helmets, and a photograph. then, the prident, cmander in chi in charge of the united states miliry, americsook to to rike the right notes in tragedy. >> we need not look to the past greness bause it is fore our vereyes. >> id it was a ting ti, a time war, but notne where theilitary victorwould be maked bcigarettes are made. >> and what the threats tat know no borders, their legacy will be marked in the safy of our cities and towns, and seurity and oprtunity abroad. >> he said it was hard to comprend the twisted logic that led to is tragedy. >> no faith justifie these murderous and cren acts. no just and loving god looks upon them with favor. for what he ha done,e know th the killer wl be met wi justice i this world and t next. >> man
and colleagues that they have lost in this modern-day theatre of war. peter barnes, bbc news. >> president obama is about to announce sending more troops to afghanistan. he attended the veterans day ceremony, and the white house noted there are four options under consideration. all of them involve more troops. mr. obama laid a wreath at the arlington cemetery. it marks people killed in past and present conflicts. >> carved in the marble behind me are the remarks of our first commander in chief. when we assumed the soldier, we did not worry aside the citizen. just as the contributions that our servicemen and women do not end when they take off our uniform, neither do our obligations to them, and when we fulfill those obligations, we are not just keeping faith with our veterans, we are keeping faith with the ideals of service and sacrifice upon whi this republic was founded. >> president obama at the arlington cemetery. let's take you on around the globe. there have been protests in iran about a scholarship being set up in the name of an iranian student killed during a protest over the country's p
-- despite that, barack obamasays they will me the youç a stronger partner for the u.s. >> coming into the summit, it did not look good. all the signsç were the tough talks late ahead. çbut then there was a deal on e lisbon treaty. herman van rompuy was confirmed as the first president of the european council. çbeing prime minister for less than one ye in belgium, he has a record of being a consensus builder. more surprising was the appointment of baroness catherineç ashton toç the eu foreign minister chief. perhaps it is a spy -- slight surpriseç that i cannot have ay 3pçwritten speech for you. but i have never been short of words, and tonight is no >> every country has his own çhistory, at its own way of dog 3pçthings. our journey maybe toward a common destination, but we will all bring different luggage. >> that statd]ent meant to reassure that the creation of theseç jobs is a step toward te european superstate. >> with low international profile,ç it is different fvs @ what now lisbon treaty drew up. however, many believe they can give europe a stronger voic
they have lost in this modern day theater of war. >>> in the u.s., president obama led commemorations just as he vowed to send more u.s. troops to afghanistan. he attended the veterans day ceremony, and the white house said four options are under consideration, all involving more troops. there was no direct reference to afghanistan or iraq. mr. obama later visited the national cemetery in arlington. he paid tribute to those killed in conflicts past and present. >> behind me are the words of our first commander in chief. when we assume the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen. just as the contributions that our servicemen and women make to this nation do not and when they take off their uniforms, neither do our obligations to them. when we fulfill those obligations, we're not just keeping faith with our veterans, we are keeping faith with the ideals of service and sacrifice, upon which this republic was founded. >> president obama at arlington cemetery. >>> protests in iran over the decision by the college of oxford university to set up a scholarship in the name of an iranian student k
unthinkable a few weeks ago. >> one year into his presidency, the honeymoon seems to be over for barack obama. the republican party claimed victory in new jersey and virginia. republicans are talking about a comeback. will this change the political landscape ahead of the political contest in congress? >> the republicans say this is a slap back against the government in washington. the democrats are saying this was about pocketbook issues. the democrats and mr. obama have to be worried about what was in the exit polls. the a lot of independent voters who helped propel him to victory went to the right. when they we asked whether they were worried about, some of those independents talk about the massive growth in government spending and the deficit. they are moving towards the conservative vote. a lot of young voters that came out in strength in 2008 or not there when you look at virginia and new jersey, the number of young voters was half. >> an interesting outcome in new york city. it seems that $90 million will not buy you so much. >> the mayor is a billing error and he spent $90 million into
to be over forarack obama. the republin party clmed victorin new jersey and virginia. republicans are talking about a comeback. wi this change the politica landscape aheaof the politicalontest in coness? >> the republicanssay this is a slap back against the government in washington. the demoats are saying this wa aboutocketbookissues. he democrats d mr. obama have to be worried out what was in the exit polls. the a lot oindependent vots who helpedropel him to victory nt to the righ whethey were aed whether they were worried abou some of those independents talk abt the massive growth in vernment spending and the deficit. they are movin tards the conservative vote. a lot of young voters thatame t in strength in 2008 or not there when you look at virgia and new jersey, the nuer of youn voters was half. an interesting outcome in new yo city. it seems that 0 million will not buy you so much. the mayor a billing error and h spent $90 milon into his electioncampaign. -- the mayor is a billionaire. it did not by him what he was expecting. he did get reelected, he is now a third term mayor. he really
chancellor honoring armistice day in france. president obama inches closer to a new strategy. brazil blacked out chaos as a power failure plunged rio and sao paulo into darkness. tribute to thegerman goalkeeper robert enke who died after being hit by a trained. a suspected suicide. >> is 7:00 a.m. in washington, midday in london and 1:00 in the afternoon in paris where angela merkel remembered history by making history. she has become the first german sandler to attend a armistice day celebration in france. one of several around the world. in lonn between attended a church service, the first time it occurred without the presence of surviving veterans. today's ceremonies at poignancy as they take place against the backdrop of the conflict in afghanistan. >> it is 91 years cents but guns fell silent in the great war and for the first time the leaders of france and germany came to mark this day of commemoration together. under the arc de tree of nicolas sarkozy and angela merkel reinforce their friendship. two days ago the french president was in berlin for the 20th anniversary of the fall of t
of the top decisions that barack obama has to make. if could define his presidency -- it could define his presidency. >> in a memo to the white house, the ambassador has urged against sending more troops. that advice is counter to the wishes of the top u.s. general in afghanistan. >> it is his most agonizing decision to date, whether to send thousands of more troops to afghanistan. over 800 have already died there. in his search for an answer, the president is leaving no stone unturned. he had 8 separate meetings with his war council, discussions with his most senior advisers. a slow but a very deliberate process behind closed doors. a memo from america's ambassador warns the president not to send more troops without progress by the afghan government in tackling corruption. more proof that the president's advisers are split. >> it has taken a long time to make this decision. during that time, support for the war has decreased especially amongst his core constituents. >> this is a complex decision from the president has been getting conflicting advice. on one side, there are the skeptics.
for y on "bbc world news." merican officials hve announce that president obama will attend the ear stages of the climat change conference in copenhagen and will annoue major u.s. emissions cuts. israel's cabinet has approved a 10-month restrictionn settlement building in the west bank, but it does not apply in et jerusalem. the united nation's biest peacekeeing operations has failed to deal with t crisis in the estern democratic republic of congo. an intern report leaketo the bbc said that t u.s. hasot only failed toust the group is targeting, it has made the humanitaan crisis much worse. our east africa corresponde has just return from returneddrc. he has seen a copy of the report -- just returned from eastern drc. >> earliethis yea, the congolese mility with the backing of.s. peekeepers launcd an all-out ofnsive deigned to crush the rebels and call me region instead, thegency has said the operationhas led to more visible can more suffering han ever before. "we got thing left thenhat we brght with us when we left our homes," says o father. tre's gunfire you do t have time to take
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